They don’t call them selfies anymore, but killfies for their dangerousness that now counts hundreds of victims. As the Italy 2019 Report says in six years, between October 2011 and November 2017, in the world, 259 victims were killed in an attempt to take a selfie, or photograph themselves in a place or a circumstance by publishing the image of self through the Social.
The last Italian tragedy happened a couple of days ago: a video selfie at 220 km per hour, then the deadly crash. The car was launched at full speed on a highway asphalt and the fact was documented with a video posted on social media.
The death of the two friends, Luigi Visconti and Fausto Dal Moro, is only the latest in a series of incidents, which occurred in recent years as a result of irresponsible web challenges. The numbers emerge from a study by the India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The age group with the highest incidence is that between 20 and 29 years with 106 victims, followed by the youngest 10-19 year olds (76 victims). These two age groups represent 70.3% of the total number of deaths due to a selfie. Of the 259 victims, 153 are men, 106 are women (India Institute of Medical Sciences of New Delhi).
The study shows that the 259 deaths are related to 137 accidents: 84% of these were determined by young people between 10 and 29 who did not calculate the risks well. In particular, 70 people have drowned, 51 have been victims of accidents related to means of transport, 48 have been falls defying the law of gravity; 48 people were burned, 16 electrocuted by electric shocks, 11 hit by firearms, 8 victims of attacks by wild animals. As for the incidents: 41 occurred due to falling from extreme heights such as buildings, mountains, cliffs, 32 for drowning, 13 for electrocution, 7 caused by wild animals, 1 due to fire, 11 for firearms, 28 on vehicles of transport. In the latter case, the trains hold the record.